Help Students Build Confidence and Success as Students Return to Live Learning

What Will Build Confidence and Success as Students Return to Live Learning?

As educators, we know that students are experiencing stress and uncertainty as they return to classrooms. But what are their greatest fears?

Thanks to recent research conducted by the Student Research Foundation that you can review and share in a new infographic, we have some answers to that question. Our findings are based on comments about remote learning that high school students made on social media during Spring 2020. Their comments reflect what they missed most when learning from home. Read more

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Teachers’ Commitment to their Students Was their Strongest Motivation During the Pandemic

“Teachers say working with students kept them motivated at the start of the pandemic,” an article that Beth Daley wrote in The Conversation on October 7, 2021, reports reassuring findings about teachers’ strong dedication to their students.

Ms. Daley reports that before the pandemic began, she had begun a study of teachers’ enthusiasm for performing different job duties. At that point, her study found that of all the tasks teachers undertake on the job, working with students was the most satisfying. While her study was underway, Covid-19 struck and classrooms shut down. But her study found that at that time, teachers remained strongly motivated to continue teaching because they wanted so much to support their students. Read more

Helping Your Students Discuss the Ethical Issues of Applying to College

As you know, a major scandal involving college admissions has been making headlines since 2019. A number of very wealthy parents – some of whom are celebrities – paid vast sums of money to a college admissions counselor of sorts, who then pulled all kinds of strings to get their kids into elite institutions that included USC, Stanford, Yale, and others.

How did that counselor help those students get into top colleges? In some cases, he found ways to assure that they would earn top scores on standardized tests. (In one case, he allegedly stated that one student required special accommodations on a test, then he had that student take the test in a private location where he could answer questions for her.) Read more

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Teachers from Coast to Coast Are Dealing with Bounceback Students

“Children are getting sick from COVID-19. Children are also having to go to the hospital at an increased rate due to rising rates of transmission of the Delta variant, especially in communities with low vaccination rates. CDC recommends all schools require universal masking and use additional prevention strategies regardless of how many students, educators, and staff are currently vaccinated. Masks are critical, but masks alone are not enough. Along with promoting vaccination for educators, staff, and students 12 years and older, schools must use several strategies at the same time to keep everyone as safe as possible. Examples of these strategies include improving ventilation and ensuring physical distancing. Federal resources are available to support these efforts.”

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Turning Covid into Teachable Moments

After a year of remote learning during a year of Covid-19, it will come as no surprise that some students are going to find it difficult to go back into classrooms this year.

Some teachers have decided that one way to help students make that transition is to give them opportunities to process the experience of the last year by journaling, creating videos, and engaging in other forms of creative self-expression. Read more

Do You Need Classroom Management Software

Do You Need Classroom Management Software?

Teachers have always had a lot of people and processes to monitor and manage. Now that some or all students are returning to classrooms, the managerial side of teaching has become more complicated than ever before. If you are a teacher today, you need to know which students are continuing to take classes remotely, which classes they are taking, which lesson units they have completed, and more.

So like many teachers, you are probably wondering whether this would be a good time to invest in classroom-management software. Read more

Tips for Teachers on Avoiding Mask-Related Violent Episodes

Last week in Sutter Creek, California, an elementary school teacher was attacked and beaten by a father who became incensed when he arrived at school and saw that his daughter was wearing a face mask. Actually, the story was a bit more complicated than that. When he saw his daughter was wearing a mask, he started an argument with the school’s principal. When that argument became heated, a male teacher at the school intervened and was beaten so badly by the father that he went to the emergency room for care. Read more

Tips for Teachers Seeking New Jobs in a Post-Pandemic World

Tips for Teachers Seeking New Jobs in a Post-Pandemic World

We have recently scoured blogs and articles to find advice for teachers who would like to change jobs in our new post-Covid marketplace. We looked at advice on blogs such as Vault.com, the Rutgers Center for Effective School Practices blog, Futurity.com, and other sources.

In today’s blog, we would like to share some of the better advice we found. Read more

Resources for Teachers Returning to the Classroom Now

Resources for Teachers Returning to the Classroom Now

We recently decided to make a list of online resources for teachers who are returning to live teaching as Covid-19 subsides. But as we started our research to create a list of our own, we discovered that The Learning Policy Institute has published an excellent list of available resources, so we set our plans aside.

If you are a teacher heading back to live teaching, you will want to know about, and use, this list. Here are some of the resources given, just to give you an advance look. Read more

Teacher Reseach Trends

Teacher Retirement Trends

Study of 865,000 Teachers and Educational Employees Finds Fewer of Them Planning to Retire than Before the Pandemic

We would have assumed that due to health concerns related to Covid-19, a growing number of teachers would be planning to retire, especially those who are older who have chronic health concerns. Read more